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CMSgt Deborah R. Volker

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Chief Master Sgt. Deborah R. Volker is the flight chief and a violinist with the Air Force Strings, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. Originally from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, her Air Force career began in 1993.

Volker is a 1988 graduate of Temple University where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. In 1989 she received a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and in 1990 was awarded a Professional Studies Certificate in violin performance and a Teaching Certificate from Temple University. In 1999, she received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from the Catholic University of America. Most recently, she earned an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in emergency medical services from Northern Virginia Community College in 2007.

Volker has performed with the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Reading and Maryland Symphony Orchestras, and the National Chamber Orchestra. She has studied with Luis Biava, Robert Gerle, Myron Kartman, Helen Kwalwasser and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. In addition to her military duties, Volker is a conductor and coach with the McLean Youth Orchestra, and is a national officer with Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. She also actively volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and currently holds the position of Rescue Captain with the Franconia Volunteer Fire Department.